Sydney Science Festival 2018 at UNSW

Join our researchers in optometry, quantum physics, marine biology, intelligent machines, sustainable materials, psychology, biotechnology, and more, for tours, talks and workshops across Sydney for Sydney Science Festival 2018 during National Science Week.

Highlights include Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons on the coming revolution in quantum computing, activist Bob Brown on the ongoing battle for the environment, and a robust discussion on what artificial intelligence means not just for human lives, but for the way we understand human intelligence, human values, and humanity itself.



Tuesday 7 August to Friday 17 August

Sydney Science Festival at the Australian Museum

Australian Museum, 1 William Street Sydney
Students and teachers are invited to join in the biggest celebration of science for schools, presented by the Australian Museum in collaboration with over 50 other leading organisations. With interactive workshops, shows, and a speciality Expo demonstrating the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics


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Wednesday 8 August, 6.30 - 8pm

Colour and Vision: The Colour Society of Australia

School of Optometry and Vision Science, Old Main Building (K15) UNSW Kensington

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Thursday 9 August, 11am – 2.30pm and 5 – 8.30pm

Operation Crayweed: Seaweed and Seagrass Restoration Workshop

Sydney Institute of Marine Science, 19 Chowder Bay Road Mosman

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Saturday 11 August, 10 to 12pm

Tours of UNSW SM@RT e-waste microfactory

Centre for Sustainable Materials, Research & Technology, UNSW Kensington

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Sunday 12 August, 3 to 3.45pm

Good Robot / Bad Robot: Living with intelligent machines

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

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Tuesday 14 August, 12.30 to 1.30pm

How are Memories Formed?

Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales

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Tuesday 14 August, 6 to 7.15pm

The Einstein Lecture: The Quantum Computing Revolution with Professor Michelle Simmons

Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building UNSW Kensington

For many, the field of quantum computing is extraordinarily mind boggling, yet for the 2018 Australian of the Year Michelle Simmons, it is her life and her passion. She is a quantum computing pioneer, establishing Australia’s first quantum computing company in 2017. When you hear her exuberantly share her insight into quantum physics and atomic electronics, you will walk away with not only a sound understanding of the technology, but you’ll feel her contagious curiosity for its possibilities.

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Thursday 15 August, 6 to 7pm

Antimicrobial Resistance: What Should We Do?

Kogarah Library and Service Centre Kogarah Town Square, Belgrave Street, Kogarah

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Saturday 18 August, 11am to 3pm

Science in the Swamp Centennial Parklands

Loch Avenue South, Centennial Park

A fun, free family festival of science displays and activities to celebrate National Science Week (11 - 19 August)




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